Orchids at Christmas

Etchings and pen and ink drawings of orchids by Blanche Ames. "The Rediscovery of a Lost Orchid" by Professor Oakes Ames. Poems the Ameses sent with the drawings as Christmas Cards, 1937-1949
SKU: BK1225
$14.99 excl tax

Orchids at Christmas was published jointly by the Ames family and Harvard's Botanical Museum in 1975 as a tribute to Oakes and Blanche Ames. It has been out of print for several years. The Ames' descendants have undertaken to reprint it for the beauty of the orchid drawings by Blanche, a botanical artist, and for the arresting poems accompanying the drawings they sent out as holiday cards from 1937 through 1949. Also related is the story of Oakes's career as a professor of botany and Director of the Botanical Museum at Harvard, and as one of the founders of the American Orchid Society.

Two articles have been added to this version. The first is The Rediscovery of a Lost Orchid taken from Orchids in Retrospect (Cambridge, 1948), a collection of essays on the Orchidaceae by Oakes Ames. The second is an excerpt from Orchids in Bronze by Pauline Ames Plimpton published in the American Orchid Society Bulletin (Sept. 1983). Also Gustavo Romero, the current Keeper of the Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium, brings us up to date.

Customers who bought this item also bought

Your First Orchid

Your First Orchid is your passport to understanding the ABCs of orchid culture. The basics of choosing a plant, creating a growing area, watering, fertilizer,and repotting are among the subjects fully explained in this practical guide, which is written in easy-to-understand language.
$9.99 excl tax

Growing Orchids Under Lights

Growing Orchids Under Lights explains how to cultivate orchids beneath fluorescent lights, plant lights and high-intensity lamps.
$14.99 excl tax

Orchid Photography

Capturing orchid flowers in photographs is a practical way to enjoy their beauty for years to come. Learn how to get the best results when you want to take beautiful pictures of your growing and blooming orchids using film cameras.
$4.95 excl tax

You Can Grow Phalaenopsis Orchids

All about the lovely orchids that are popular houseplants. White,pink and many other colors. Color painting of the species for identification. How to grow them and how today's hybrids were developed.
$14.99 excl tax